Dr. Mingzhe Wang
Associate Professor of Music, Clarinet
Clarinetist Mingzhe Wang, native of Wuhan, China, first studied clarinet at the age of 9. His first public performance was at the age of 10 and by age 11 he was admitted to the Wuhan Conservatory and subsequently the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. In 1997, Mr. Wang came to the US to study at the Harid Conservatory of Music at Lynn University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2001. He received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Yale University, where he also obtained his Masters degree and Artist Diploma.
A prizewinner in the National Society of Arts and Letters Woodwind Competition (1999), the Orchestral Instrument Competition (2001), and a recipient of the Tennessee Arts Commission's 2013 Individula Artist Fellowship award, Mr. Wang is committed to promote both the music of our time and the classics. He performed the Chinese Premiere of Elliott Carter’s Hiyoku and has worked closely with composers such as Ezra Laderman, Martin Bresnick, Krzystof Penderecki, Aaron Jay Kernis, Lee Hoiby, Paul Schoenfield and Chen Yi. In addition, he has performed on period clarinets with prominent groups such as The American Classical Orchestra and the Clarion Music Society Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Mr. Wang has collaborated and continues to work with some of the most prominent young artists today. Mr. Wang's performances have been broadcast on both China’s Central Television, New York’s WQXR, Nashville's WPLN, and many public radio stations across North America.
Apart from being an active performer and educator on the clarinet, Mr. Wang is a seasoned singer. He was the vocal soloist in Chen Yi's Percussion Concerto accompanied by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. He has performed in choruses throughout New England, as well as internationally in the United Kingdom and Hungary. As a founding member of the Yale Schola Cantorum, he has worked with renowned conductors such as Simon Carrington, Helmuth Rilling, Sir David Willcocks, James MacMillan, Sir Neville Marriner, and Kathy Saltzman Romey.
Mr. Wang is currently an associate professor of clarinet at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. Previously, Mr. Wang taught clarinet to Yale undergraduate students and served on the faculty at the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, Connecticut. He is a co-principal clarinetist and founding member of the Gateway Chamber Orchestra, an active performing group founded in 2008 based in Clarksville, Tennessee. He also performs with Nashville Symphony Orchestra and Nashville Opera.
Music/Mass Communication Building, Room 222